I was at the Tampa show also. I had a great seat towards the front on Iommi's side of the stage. You are pretty spot on with your assessment of the show. Ozzy didn't seem like he could hear himself. Sabbath has never had a shortage of stage volume and Ozzy's hearing probably isn't all that great after all of these decades. Iommi's top cabs were mic'ed, so the guitar would have been at ear level.I went to the Tampa show last night. Ozzy was consistently flat all night long and it was pretty distracting. I wonder how his hearing is because he is consistently slightly flat and may be singing to the pitch in his head/memory, not what is happening at the time. Iommi was flat out awesome. Tone for days, especially during his lead breaks. Anyone know what amps he's using these days, he sounds killer. Geezer and the new drummer were also very tight and sounded great. All in all, I enjoyed the show and I'm glad I went. The Andrew W.K thing really wasn't interesting to me as all he did was spin some tunes, throw out a couple t-shirts and talk a bit. I would've been happier with an opening band. I saw Alice Cooper open for Sabbath a few years back, that was one great show. I wonder if there's some way to get Ozzy's vocals in tune. He was consistently flat all night, so his singing is alright, it just didn't match the band. This is likely due to not being able to hear. Hopefully, they'll work it out. If Ozzy had nailed his vocal and stayed in tune, this would've been one of the best shows I've seen in a while.
There have been so many legit live Black Sabbath w/Ozzy releases..., please provide a listing of when he did and didn't replace his vocals. From the many Sab shows I went to and even more bootlegs listened to I'm at a loss as to when Ozzy has been so off that he needed to replace a whole show's worth of vocals. He's been pretty consistantly on the mark from what I can tell thoughout his career as far as pitch goes, hell, he's even remembering lyrics now!, but this tour, who knows?He'll just go in the studio and replace the vocals like he does on every other live recording.
I agree. Ozzy is a legend and a rock icon, but they really need to do something to allow him to hear properly so he can sing in tune. The rest of the band was stellar. I said it earlier, but I'll reiterate. Had Ozzy been in tune this show would've been epic. Tony was unbelievably good. Geezer and the drummer were killing it as well. Soooo, close. I've seen Ozzy before so I know he can sing, just something wrong here. We all grow older and our faculties diminish. I hear the man's voice, but I don't think he's able to hear what he needs to sing in tune. I hope they find a way. Tony had tone just to die for. Sounded soooo good!Iommi has worked with amazing rock singers after Oz was booted in '78: Gillan, Dio, Hughes, even Martin. It seems like he's had pretty high standards... working Ozzie now must be the the friendship and money factors. I would think being on stage with a vocalist that couldnt hold a tune would be embarassing.
no one goes through what TI has gone though with this tuneless halfwit in the name of friendship....it's all to do with the MONEY!Iommi has worked with amazing rock singers after Oz was booted in '78: Gillan, Dio, Hughes, even Martin. It seems like he's had pretty high standards... working Ozzie now must be the the friendship and money factors. I would think being on stage with a vocalist that couldnt hold a tune would be embarassing.
Terrifically expressed and will be added to Pg 1. update. The only thing that would have made that review better would have been different news.http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/countygrind/2013/08/black_sabbath_with_andrew_wk_d.php
My review from last night
Perhaps, but there is also the loss of the great RJD (R.I.P.). As tight as Iommi & Co. are, a strong healthy singer would be all that is needed for a powerful new Sabbath album, but not a "legendary" one, and therein lies the question - how many more does Iommi have in him? A Sabbath album fronted by Ozzy was the way to go, especially with Ozzy performing admirably (in the studio) for his age. I think it made sense both as a business move and as a legacy to one of the most important bands in Music history. The only person worthy enough to follow Dio is the man Dio himself followed, and now the Sabbath legacy can come to a close in unity.well I imagine he has some astronomical medical expenses, and probably no insurance.. yeah its probably about the money(partly). I don't see Iommi as just a money grubber, to me he is a true artist to whom music is the priority. But for sure, the Ozzie Sabbath is a cash cow.